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IT IS FISH.
Witnesses for Maharneke in the
Penitentiary Inquiry Do
A PARALYTIC TESTIFIES
About a "Wonderful Battery
and its Effect Upon
THE DOCTOR TO MBS. MAIB.
Casts Another Imputation on
the Conduct of the Evange
IGNORANCE OP SOME SEVERITIES
Is Testified to by "Warden Wright, TVlio
Says They Came Within Dr.
POX UKDOXE AXD ANOTHER ONE HIT
The last of the testimony is in. The out
come of the Riverside Penitentiary row now
rests with the Board of Inspectors. They,
as judge in the case, will charge themselves
as jury, retire once more into secrecy and
deliberate. Then again, as judge, they will
pronounce sentence, if that be necessary.
Yesterday's evidence for the defense may be
summed up: Multiplied denials of charges;
dodging when seiious or entangling situa
tions arose, and in general, a difficulty in
telling from the testimony whether a wit
ness might be regarded as really for the de
fense or for the prosecution. Maharneke,
in conclusion, tried to throw another impu
tation upon Mrs. Mair by asking her if she
hadn't carried notes to and from prisoners.
"Warden "Wright stopped this, however, as
entirely out of place.
The august gathering yesterday looked
somewhat solemn over the complication of
affairs in the Riverside investigation.
Somebody had evidently been swearing
pretty hard, and, to present a hypothetical
pretty hard, and, to present a. hypothetical
., . .,;
case, if oneman swears W-one-thinrarnHm-
other man swears to another thing in flat
contradiction, both can't be right.
Of course, in an investigation of this
kind, there can be no legal perjury; that is,
there is no punishment permitted, though,
no doubt, the moral obligation is the
At 3 o'clock Chairman Kelly rapped the
court to order with the usual gentlemen
present, but the familiar faces of the ladies
of the Visiting Board were absent, and were
certainly greatly missed.
In' the absence of Dr. Rankin, John S.
Bayne was called by Dri Maharneke.
Bayne was sworn. He had been an officer
for 20 years, and had occupied almost every
Sir. Kelly What are you doing now?
Bayne Am a guard at the hospital, and have
been for nearly two years. I am here to notify
either Maharneke or the assistant steward
when any one comes here from the blocks.
Kelly Do j on generally know what patients
are in the hospital:
The Battery Made Tbcm Howl.
A. Yes, and I report every day to Mr. Mc
Kean. Kelly Would you be in a position to ,hoar a
noise if any cruelty were going on?
A, Tes; I conld hear any hallooing going on.
Kelly Have you ever heard of any acts of
A. Yes, 1 have heard of such reports.
Q. From whom?
A. From the prisoners around. The reports
were they put the straightjacket on and put
the battery to them.
Q. Do you know of any names?
A. Yes; I heard 8369 hallooing.
Q. What was the matter?
A. They were putting the battery to him.
He was up in the little room. I did not go in,
but saw them working at him through the
Q. Who was?
A. Maharneke, Fox, Oaughenbauch.
Q. Why did you not report? Did you think
it was cruelty?
A. No, not at that time. The prisoner hal
looed loud enough for me to hear him down
stairs for about five minutes.
Q, Any other cases ?
A. The case of the colored man Wheeler.
They thought he was playing off. I went up.
and he asked me to take him off the bed. I
said X couldn't, as he was in the hands of the
Q. What physician ?
Maharneke Did you ever see me come in
intoxicated when you let me in every evening ?
Bayne I never did see you intoxicated. I
only let yon in three or four ntehts a week.
Q. Did you ever hear mc swear ?
A. I heard you damning the nurses, but
sever beard yon swear at the patients.
Q, Did you ever hear of anyone being poi
soned by me?
A Good Word for the Doctor.
, A. No, I never did. I think you did every
thing in your power for the patients. They
couldn't get any better treatment in the State.
Q. Did you ever hear any complaints?
A. Yes, I heard the man with the rheuma
tism complain when you put on the poultices
McCutcheon When those patients hallooed
did you consider the battery a punishment or
as used for medical purposes?
Bayne For medical purposes, and with no
Q, Did you know of any other cases?
A. No. The only time I thought It was
cruelty was in the case of the colored man. I
thought it was pretty severe on him. I
couldn't stand it to look at him. They sent
him back to the block. They considered him a
kind of a crank.
Just then a little diversion occurred when
the ladies of the board came quietly in, and
the investigation sailed alongas usual.
Scott Why did you place any dependence on
Bayne They were in the form of complaints
. that is prisoners coming to me and asking my
q. Wby did you pay so little attention?
a Because I thought there was nothing
-li. Tbert are men here who would even swear
that others had been poisoned and put under
Kelly There is some talk of Maharneke re
Bavne I never heard of that until this in
vestigation began. 1 have searched the pa
tients for the last three months, and if I find
money I send it to the office.
Q. What about those delicacies?
A. I used to give them to Maharneke, as he
knew how best to distribute them. This was
after complaint had been made.
Maharneke Did you ever hear that I re
ceived money for chicken or eggs?
Bayne Never until after this investigation.
Q. They complained about other things?
A. I heard but few complaints.
McF&Illnmy a Bad Man.
Q. Did I have a talk to you concerning Mc
Phillamy? A. You said you thought ho was a danger
ous man. I understood from that be was a
man Mho would attempt to escape.
Dr. Rankin was then recalled to continue his
evidence, cut short at the last session. The
man they accused him of pumping .wind into
until he couldn't speak for days, was playing
off. he said.
Kelly What about the charge of tho steward
receiving money for delicacies?
Rankin I order them. 'A full diet is light.
He has any of these or more than one rice,
cornstarch, oatmeal, milk, beef tea, or crack
ers. Table diet Is meat, bread, coffee, potatoes,
sugar and stewed fruit. Middle diet is the
same without meat. I give the order to the
hospital steward and the other steward fur
nishes them. The patients can always obtain
Q. Do you permit articles to be sent in?
A. Not until I see them. I captured many a
thing that should not be used. I visit the
blocks every day. I am assisted by the steward
and by an assistant.
Q. Have jou heard complaints of cruelty of
the hospital steward?
A. No, sir. They have the privilege of com
plaint. Maharneke Did you ever examine vomit of
mine, or did you ever hear I had been pois
oned? Rankin I never heard of it.
Q. Did you ever examine vomit ?
A. I knew of you to be very sick once.
No Diet RecUter Kept.
Scott Are those memoranda diets written
down for the nurses ?
Rankin Yes, sir.
Q. Have you a registry for diets ?
Rankin (to Maharneke) Do you keep them?
Scott You expect your orders to be carried
out, though vou have no registry ?
Rankin No, wo have no registry, but I make
inquiry to see if my orders have been carried
out. I can keep track of the orders, and I am
satisfied in my mind the orders are carried out.
If not, the patients would remind me. About
that chicken. I must say I never heard of it
Maharneke Do you remember the time you
ordered articles from Mrs. Malr to be kept ?
Rankin Yes, or from any other person. We
use the battery mild on most patients, but this
man Wheeler wants it stronger than I can give
Kelly If it is pnt on so strong that a man
hallos it it injurious?
A. No, sir.
Scott Allow me to call your attention to the
very advertisement of this battery. No. 3.
Dr. Rankin read aloud from the "ad" that in
some cases it can be made very painful. Rankin
agreed with the printed "ad" that it might be
made very painful at times.
Kelly What about these charges of extra
Rankin I never heard Maharneke use it at
Trimble Do these hot poultices usually blis
ter or scar, as in that one case?
Rankin Well, not always.
Kelly Do you know anything of the at
A. No: I was surprised McPhillamy should
want to' leave us after being treated so welt.
No, X never beard of corruption. My Instruct
ni'nH corruption. iw
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d and dlet and not waste any. I knew
nothing of Maharnekc's alleged cruelty.
satisfied with him. I spent about two hours in
the prison dally. I think it is a mistaken kind
ness to bring in delicacies for the patients, as
we have plenty here.
k Wright Are there not cases where men
prejudiced against the hospital ask for dieting
A Witness Tripped Up.
A Yes. that happens often. I then order
oat mush or sometimes milk.
McPhillamy You remember when I was sent
to the cell?
Rankin Yes, that was the first time I heard
you were a breaker.
McPhillamy I mean the first time. Don't
you remember finding me in the hospital be
fore? A I really do not.
Q. Don't you remember when I was there
A No, really!
Q, Don't you remember the time I was
ordered back to the block?
A I do not
Q. You said you ordered me.
A We have a record kept by the hospital
McPhillamy I think you said you ordered me
Kelly (hastily) It is on record, doctor.
Rankin Yes, I did say so.
McPhillamy Don't you remember the time I
tried to explain to you the trouble I had with
A No, I don't.
McPhillamy You ordered me to bed 1 know
you didn't order me back to the block.
Rankin Yes 1 did, and I think there were
The record was produced and read: "Feb.
10, '8, male, white, rheumatism, returned to
cell; treatment soda and laudanum, hot applica
tions and salicate of soda."
McPhillamy He evidently doesn't remem
ber anything about the case, but I did talk to
him of Maharneke on that day. I think it was
for fever, and I was treated differently from
Maharneke He never was treated for fever.
I ke?p all books of the hospital.
McPhillamy I was put in with the fever
Rankin-AVelU you might have had both. I
don't remember positively why you were sent
over. The chaplain suggested that you be sent
The Poultices Red Hot.
McPhillamy Is it necessary to squeeze these
Rankin I don't see how they could squeeze
them at all, as it would burn their hands, it
was so hot.
Kelly Did Maharneke ever express a fear
that McPhillamy might break out of the
A. Yes, a number of times. He said we
should watch him. He did not desire to have
bim in the hospital. 1 never noticed any inti
macy between Maharneke and McPhillamy.
Maharneke I was notified by the warden to
look out for him.
Dr. Holman was then sworn. He said he was
a physician of Allegheny, and had relieved Dr.
Kelly Did you have charge of the hospital?
Holman Yes, once for eight days and the
other for two days. The last time I ordered
the battery used once. It was on colored
gentleman. I did not apply it myself. The
colored gentleman told me Rankin recom
mended the battery to be used. Maharneke
met me and told me he had a very sick man
over at the hospital. I saw him apparently
suffering from paralysis. I examined him
carefully. 1 had my attention drawn to his
actions and told the Doctor to use the battery
as a test. It was applied to the lower extrem
etiea and any place he thought proper, as he is
skillful in its use. I was not present. I use it
in various troubles such as chronic diseases. I
have several patients come 'to my office and
use it themselves. I apply it to the head some
times, and in the mouth and sometimes the
Kelly Are you acquainted with the strength
of the battery here?.
A. I have a No. 2 and this is a No. 3. There
is a slight difference. I have never known any
injury to result. My boy uses iny battery every
Can be Used for Torture.
Scott Tart of the advertisement here says
Continued on Sixlli Page.
INSANITY IN SCHOOL
A Terrible Tale of Mania Epidemic
Among Soldiers' Orphans.
POOR FOOD AND LITTLE OP IT
The Alleged Causes of Illness of Hind and
Body of 23 Scholars.
A G. A. E. POST INVESTIGATES THE CASE
And Finds the Boys Suffering From Impoverishment
of the Blood.
Investigations of public institutions seem
to be in order. A terrible state of affairs is
reported at the Soldiers Orphans' School at
McAllisterville. Twenty-three boys de
veloped something like insanity. The G.
A. R. Post of Mifflintown heard of it and in
vestigated. Physicians are now dosing the
boys with iron. Their blood is impover
ished, evidently from the execrable food
turnished them. A nurse was starved out
of the school. The tale of horror is cor
roborated by a telegram from Dr. Banks, of
Mifflintown, who is attending the young
CSFECIAI. TXtF-GRXlt TO TITE DISPATCH.
MlFFLlNtrowif, February 8. The com
mittee of "Wilson Post, G. A. R., of this
place, sent to make an investigation of
affairs at the Soldiers Orphans' School at
McAllisterville, went out to-day. Every
thing in and about the school was in apple
pie order. It was, if anything, cleaner
than ever before. The principal, Mr. Sher
wood, and his wife afforded every facility
ior examination. The committee met Dr.
Grubb and the resident physician, Dr.
Hoopes, who investigated with them. It
was composed of members of "Wilson Post,
and was as follows: E. A. H. Wiedman,
William Bell, T. D. Gorman and "W. H.
The committee found the reported epi
demic, or whatever it is, somewhat abated,
though they did not see all the boys who
had been afflicted, but did see one or two
who said the attack of insanity was preceded
by headache, and after they were over the
acute attack it left them headache and dull
ness. They also declared they knew noth
ing as to what occurred during the time
Three of the boys were in charge of
keepers in a room, and were badly afflicted.
They saw imaginary things, and would
answer questions not addressed to them. If
left alone for a moment they would make a
dash for liberty. One boy, while the com
mittee was in the room, almost succeeded in
jumping out of the window, and another
.developed suicidal tendencies and tied his
necktie to a chair in such a war as to draw
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-omns-neck. j.ue same leiiow, wiieii iaien,
tried to strangle himself with a sheet off his
The violent boys are: Tilden limes, of
Iewistown, a light-complexioncd boy about
12 years of age. When he was first af
fected he bit the back of his hand. "When
asked who bit him he said a rat. Dr.
Grubb showed him a nightkey and he at
once said it was a knife, and tried to cut his
thumb with it. "When given a drink he at
tempted to dash the cup on the floor, with
the remark that there was something in it.
He also kicked at the bucket as it was car
ried past him.
ONE OP THE WOBST CASES.
Another boy is John Brady, dark hair
and eyes, and 15 years of age. He seems to
be vicious, and was a day or two ago
thought to be completely recovered, but it
now the worst case in school. Lynn Shirk,
of Clearfield, dark hair and eyes, the third
boy in the room, is seemingly morose and
sullen, and is about 14 years of age.
All have a disposition to run off or jump
oulof the windows at every opportunity, and
when first attacked they are pugnacious, but
soon get into a good humor with themselves
and then surrender. The first case was that
of Michael Bradley, about four weeks ago,
a red-headed boy, who now seems well. The
next was Gus Spiel, whose parents live in
the town. There were 23 cases in all. There
is considerable uneasiness since the relapse,
too. Albert Baker, a 12-year-old boy from
Crawford county, was taken on Tuesday
'with corea, and is in bed, though his mind
seems clear, uennis noweu, ot uauatin,
also 12 years of age, is in bed and his mind
These cases, as well as the insane ones,
led Dr. Grubb to conclude the boys were
affected with ophesia, and, in consequence,
with cerebrum anemia, which, as far as
could be learned, means blood impoverish
ment brought on by lack of nutrition from
some cause or other.
SPECULATING ON THE CATSE.
What could be the cause? They were
well clad and the bnildings were sweet and
clean and apparently well ventilated. One
of the physicians thought there might be too
much military, which might expose the
growing boys unduly and affect them. The
sleeping apartment of the boys is not so well
situated nor furnished as the girls. Forty
eight in a room about 35x40 feet, with a 10
foot ceiling. They, as well as the girls, are
aroused in the morning at 530, breakfast at
C:15 and have chapel exercises at -7:45,
school at 8, with an,hour and three quarters
at noon, and then until 4:45, going to be at 8i
Three meals a day are given, with coffee
or tea at the earlier and later meal. The
dinner to-day for the boys was stewed pot
pie, which had some meat in it, with bread
and molasses. The bread was made out of
second grade flour, was dark and heavy
and unpalatable. Reports say it is often
that way, ana several of the boys who were
asked were unable or would not tell what
they had for dinner yesterday.
NONE OF THE BOYS HEALTHY.
The boys, as a rule, do not look healthy;
in fact, more of them look more delicate
than ever before known jn the history of
the school. Iron is being prescribed by the
physician. Ex-Seuator "Wright, though
telegraphed for, has not put in an appear
ance. Ex-Senator John J. Patterson is very
ill. A teacher recently left the school be
cause she said the diet was execrable.
L. Banks, 51. D., of Mifflintown, was
telegraphed to to-night for verification of
the reported insanity of 25 boys in the Sol
diers Orphans' School, at McAllisterville,
-Pa. Injeply Dr. Banks, who has been in
attendance upon the boys, telegraphed to
night from Mifflintown as follows:
I bare just returned from" the Soldiers Or
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 1889.
phacs' School at McAllisterville. In reply to
your message, I would say that the disorder
now prevalent there is not a trick of the boys.
About 20 of them have been affected with tem
porary hallucinations of the mind, as not to
be able to distinguish objects correctly; but
they were neither crazy nor insane, as reports
have it They have been placed under medical
treatment, and ate now all restored to a clear
condition of mind but four, whom we hope to
report favorably in a low days.
L. Banks, M. D.
A Bomb Tcai-s a Hole Thronch the Walls
of a Brewery Labor Troubles Said
to bo tbe Cauno of the Deed
No One Seriously Hnrt.
New York, February 8. A tenifio ex
plosion this evening Mew a hole through
the twetfoot wall of David Stevenson's
brewery, and shattered'hundredsof windows
on Tenth avenue, in the neighborhood of
Fortieth street, where it occurred. Fortu
nately scarcely no human being was
seriously hurt. "Who placed the dynamite
bomb, for such it is believed was the cause
of tho explosion, is a mystery and the mo
tive is not known. The structure extends from
Thirty-ninth to. Fortieth streets and west
ward about 250 feet., The building is seven
stories high. Between the sidewalk and
the wall of the brewery is an open plot of
ground, surrounded by an iron railing. In
this area the explosion occurred.
Mr. Stevenson has lately been involved
in labor troubles. John O'Connell, Presi
dent of the Ale and Porter Brewers' Pro
tective Association, and an employe of a
Long Island brewery, made charges against
Mr. Stevenson that he was not paying his
men enough, and though the charges were
disproved, a boycott was ordered. This was
recently removed, however, as unjust. Not
one of his men left him during the fight,
however. In the vicinity of the brewery it
is thought that malice because of these facts
prompted the act to-hight.
Just at the spot where the explosion is
thought to have been are five drying kilns,
but Mr. Stevenson is positive they did not
cause the explosion. Fire Chief Gicquel,
who was present, was of opinion that the
bomb was thrown front tho roof of the tene
mentacross the way by a steady hand and a
FOOLED BY HIS GRANDSONS.
Grandfather Beyers U Beaten Ont of His
Vote for President.
ISrZCIAL TELEGRAH TO THE DISPATCH.!
Indianapolis, February 8. United
States Marshals to-day arrested Fremont
and "Ward Hildebrand, J. B. Emerick and
John Deal, of Carroll county, upon indict
ments charging them with the crime of hav
ing fooled their old grandfather out of his
vote last election day.
George Beyers, the grandfather, is 85
years old, and has voted for 61 years in
Carroll county without ever missing a
Presidental election. He is an uncompro
mising Democrat, but his four grandsons
are Republicans. Last election day they
voted early in the day, promising their old
grandfather to take him to the polls in the
wagon after dinuer. In the afternoon they
did take the old man into the wagon, but
instead of driving him to the polls,
they started off in the opposite direc
tion. He protested, but they told him
it was all right, and that they
were only giving bim a little ride before he
voted. After a while the old man began to
protest again, and even tried to climb out of
the wagon, but theyrheld him in and
.promised that .he shouldn't lose hlr vole.
Finally they did drive around to the polling'
place, but it Was too late, and Grandfather
Beyers had lost his vote for President for
the first time since he was 21 years old. The
old fellow's anger lasted well, and when the
grand jury met he went before it and got
the boys indicted.
EAYAGED BY MAD DOGS.
A Mnrjlnnd County Is Infested With a
Dozen of Them.
Baltimobe. February 8. The greatest
excitement prevails among the farmers
throughout a region covering about
ten square miles in "Wetzel county,
the cause being the discovery
that there are from 8 to 12 dogs afflicted
with rabies within the territory named,
rnnning wild through the woods and
over the fields. For a month past
live stock, on numerous farms have
been found dead and hogs and cattle
observed to be suffering from what was
thought to be fits, but the cause was not
suspected until yesterday, when it was
ascertained a number of horses, cattle and
hogs had been bitten by mad dogs, and that
two children, Morgan by name, had shared
in the same fate.
The disease is supposed to have originated
in the county last fall, and to have spread
since. Thre is the greatest anxiety for the
Morgan children, as the dog which wounded
them has since died and another dog bitten
by it before death has gone mad.
The farmers will inaugurate a
general raid, and kill all dogs for a dozen
miles around in the hope of stamping out
the disease. In Marshall conntv, adjoining
"Wetzel, Mrs. Mary Smith, aged" 79, is lying
at the point of death from wounds inflicted
by a dog supposed to be mad.
K0 KESERYE OIL TO BE SOLD
Before the First of .Tiny for Less Than One
Dollar Per Barrel.
Oil City, February 8. At a meeting of
the Advisory and Executive Committees of
the Producers' Protective Association in
session here to-day, the following important
resolution was adopted:
Whereas, It Is constantly brought to the
knowledge of the Executive and Advisory
Boards that the 3,600,000 barrels of oil held by
tbe Executive Board for the producers un
der the contract made with the Standard Oil
Company, is declared a standing nuisance to
the market, and a cause of a much lower price
than the situation warrants; now, therefore, in
the interest of the prodncing bnsiness, and in
order to obtain something near a remunerative
price for the current production, be it
Resolved, That no part of the said oil will be
sold upon the market before May 1, 18S9, below
Si a barrel, and prior to said date not to exceed
600,000 in any current month, and that in
amounts as may be agreed upon jointly by tbe
Executive and Advisory Boards.
A VICTIM 0P JACK THE ROPER:
Strango Assault on a Bnflalo Woman, if Not
rsrECIAU TELEQEAM TO TW DI8PATCH.1
Buffalo, February 8. F. D. Newland,
of 1126 Lovejoy street, thinks that Jack the
Ripper has been after his wife. "While
alone, just before supper yesterday, he says
a strange man threw a rope around her neck
and tried to strangle her. A milk woman
came along and lound one end of the rope
tied to a door knob.
The police say it was attempted suicide,
but Newland believes his wile's story, and
says she had no reason to take her life.
New! and has hired a private detective to in
vestigate the case.
A ConstltntlonnI Government for Jopnn.
London, February 9. The Emperor of
Japan' will oil Monday next at Tokio pub
licly promulgate a Constitution for the Em
pire. The promulgation will be attended
with great .pomp and ceremony.
Dill DA talks at length on the ''influence
UUILrm o beauty, and encourages la
uiet inthe colltctlonoi rare specimens of bric-a-brac
See to-morrouf Dispatch.- lr"
CHICAGO BEEF WINS.
The Grangers' Dressed Meat Bill De
feated in tbe House, bnt
IT WAS LET DOWN VERY EASILY.
Some Powerful Opposing Influences En
gineered the Work.
TnE INTERESTING HABITS OF SKDNKS
Afford Great Amusement to the Grave and Eererend
The Grangers' dressed meat bill was vir
tually defeated by the House yesterday by
a retusal to place.on the calendar. A ma
jority of those present voted in favor of the
bill, but it did not obtain the necessary le
gal majority of the whole body. Senator
"Williamson amused the Senate by an ar
raignment of the skunk, and the placing of
a bounty on its life was approved. A pros
pective change in the Superintendency of
the Department of Public Instruction is re
ported. FROM A STAFF COIUIESFOSDENT.
Habrisburg, February 8. Eight up at
the head of the list of the members of the
House of Representatives in the alphabetic
order in which the roll is called is the name
of Andrews. It stands for Chairman of the
Republican State Committee. "When the
grangers' meat bill was called up thismorn
ing by its legislative sponsor, Representa
tive Taggart, of Montgomery, the clerk pro
ceeded in the usual manner. The bill, as
will be remembered, was negatived by the
Judiciary General Committee, and to get it
on the calendar, as the resolution proposed,
would have required a majority of the
"Andrews," called the clerk.
"Aye," came the response.
Then the State Chairman seemed to sud
denly recollect himself, and, half rising,
asked to be recorded on the opposite sjde.
The incident attracted the attention of the
House, and a whisper passed aronnd among
the correspondents, "That settles the meat
LET DOWN EAST.
And it did, though the vote was 81 yeas
to 75 nays. One hundred and three vote3
were required to calendar the bill, and it
was probably given a majority of the votes
cast lor the purpose of letting it down easy.
Anxious Republicans Senators came over
to the House in the morning and hoped the
hill would not be placed on the calendar.
They were afraid of the effect such a protec
tive measure would have on the Republican
vote of the country at large, and perhaps
preferred for reasons of their own, that the
members of the House should save them the
embarrassment of dealing with a question on
which the manufacturing and agricultural
populations of their districts took opposite
sides. Their wishes, to their great relief,
Representative Taggart wore an expres
sion of relief, in spite of tbe fact that the
measure on which he had labored so hard,
was defeated. "I am rid of the responsi
bility anyhow," he said, "and if I didn't
win, I made an honest fight. Iwjllnow de-voto-nfy
time to the Grangers' Revenue bill,
which proposes to tax all corporate property
for local purposes. It doesn't conflict with
the State Officials Revenue bill, which
taxes corporations for State purposes, and
we are not fighting each other. In fact we
feel rather friendly, and the friends of each
measure will probably work in harmony."
THE INFLUENCES AT "WORK.
Secretary Thomas, of the State Grange,
was on hand to see the meat bill go down.
He looked good-natured about it, but didn't
care to say much.
"What influences defeated you,Colonel?"
was the first question asked.
"Well, perhaps I know," he responded
with a smile, "but it might not be best to
say just at present. I want to think about
it lor awhile."
'What will be your next move?"
"We will confer about that, and the list
of our friends and enemies, as shown by the
vote, will probably be sent out in circular
form to the local grangers, and to all others
who may be interested or whom we can in
fluence, and the Colonel went away smil
ing as though he really enjoyed the situa
tion. A Philadelphian, who is an ex-mem ber
of the House, and who has appeared here
whenever the meat question has been undei
consideration, stated to-day that the Penn
sylvania Railroad Company had undoubt
edly intended to help the grangers pass the
bill, but had been scared off by threats of
the big meat dealers of Chicago, that if they
did so the latter would, in the event of the
passage of the bill, build big establishments
in Pittsburg and elsewhere, and ship live
cattle to them over the Baltimore and Ohio
road. The Pennsylvania, ,this gentleman
claimed, did not care to lose a profitable
trade, and so they kept out of the fight.
OPPOSED TO SKUNKS,
Senator Williamson Succeeds In Having; a
County Placed on Their Lives.
FROM A STAFF COBRESPONDEXT.3 ,
Hareisbdro, February 8. Senator
Williamson, of Huntingdon, furnished the
only amusement the Senate had to-day by
detailiug to that grave and learned body the
manner in which, in the innocence of his
boyhood, he had first became acquainted
with the mephitic qualitiesof the American
The occasion was the reconsideration for
amendment of the Senate bill placing a
bounty on the lives of noxious animals, and
the Senator from Huntingdon kept the
Senate and galleries in a continual roar of
laughter, in which the Lieutenant Governor
war compelled to join. The Senator con
vinced the members not only that skunks
ravaged hen roosts, bnt that they did other
things, and his amendment taxing the life
of the little creature won the approval of the
He Wonld Accept. '
FItOM A staff connssrojiOEXT.3
HAERisnuRO, February 8. Speaker
Boyer has been very quiet about his candi
dacy for State Treasurer, but to-day he
stated that he would gladly fill the office if
the Republican party should deem it wise
to give it to him. As to his prospects for
success, he had nothing to say.
A Chance In Office.
tFKOM A- STAFF CORRESPONDENT.
HARRisnuBO, February 8. It is re
ported that when the present term of office
of Superintendent Higbee, of the Depart
ment of Public Instruction, expires in
March, Prof. Atherton, of the State Agri
cultural College, will be appointed to suc
!FROSI A STAFF COItRESrOXDEXT.:
Habeisburq, February 8. The chair
and desk of the late Senator Taylor, of
Philadelphia, were draped in deepest black
to-day, while a bank of flowers covered tho
top of the latter.
Want a Thlrd-Clnss CUnrter.
fFROM A STAFF CORRESPONDENT.!
s f J - . K
Graham received two more petitions to-day
from Allegheny, asking that the city by
all means be kept out of the second class.
The Pittsburg StontEe Company Insists That
Their Capital Is Invested In Ohio.
tSFECIAI. T3LIGRAM TO TUX DISPATCH.l
Habrisbtbo, February 8. The con
sumers 'forming the Storage Company, of
Pittsburg, and the Commonwealth of Penn
sylvania cannot agree as to the amount the
company owes the State as tax on capital
stock for five months of the year 1886.
The State levied the tax on tbe entire
capital stock of $100,000 and claimed (125,
while the company rosists that at the time
the settlement was made 99,836 of the capi
tal was invested in real estate in Ohio, tbe
balance of 161 being invested in Pennsyl
vania, and that, therefore, the tax due the
State is about 22 cents.-- An appeal has been
taken by Robert S. Frazer, of Pittsburg,
counsel for the company.
PASSED FIRST READING.
Bill Dividing- Cities in Three Classes
Goes Throogh the Senate.
rSPECIAX. TEI.EQBA3t.TO THE DISPATCH. 1
Hakbisbubg, Febrnary8. In the Sen
ate to-day' thYbiirdividing'the cities of the
State into three classes passed first read
ing. The municipal bill, regulating cities of
the third class, with amendments, one of
which gives cities entitled by reason of the
necessary population the option to accept
its provisions or operate their government
under their present charter, was reported
Blackbarn's Antagonist Slaps an Editor and
Tries to Pall a ItevoIvei Arrested
and Sent to Jail in a Patrol
Wagon Former Threats.
Deitveb, February 8. An encounter oc
curred in Jones' saloon to-day between
Colonel John Arkins, of the Xews, and
Judge A. W. Rucker. At the time Colonel
Arkins, Chief of Police Grady and Senator
elect E. O. Woleott were standing at the
bar. Judge Rucker entered and walking,
without a word, up to Arkins struck him in
the face with the palm of his hand. For a
moment Arkins seemed struck dumb with
amazement, and while he was recovering
himself Judge Rucker backed off and put
his hand, so it said, on his revolver.
At this point Chief Grady felt called
upon to exert his official prerogative. He
arrested Judge Rucker, and after disarming
him, marched his distinguished prisoner
over to the patrol box at the corner of Six
teenth and Curtis streets and called, the
patrol wagon. Judge Rucker, whose name
has been' famous throughout the country
from his recent tilt with Senator Blackburn,
was taken to the city jail. He was regis
tered on the jail book, and against his name
was put the charge: "Carrying concealed
weapons and disturbance."
The little scrap grew out of the famous
Blackburn-Ruckerduel imbroglio. While
this long-winded affair was in progress John
Arkins made a visit to New York City.
While there he told a reporter that Judge
Rucker would not fight, that he was not of
fighting stock, or words to that effect. To
this Jndge Rucker replied that Arkins was
neither a gentleman,, a scholar nor a Dem
ocrat, and he publicly said at that time that
he would settle with Arkins when he' was
through with Blackburn. '. ' '
'THE THURL0W GUN TEST.
It Cannot be Cnlled Conclusive Until the
Official Keport Is Made.
SPECIAL TELEOHAM TO THE DISPATCH.
Washington, February 8. The hieh
authorities of the Ordnance Bureau will
say nothing whatever on the subject of the
apparent success of theThurlow gun, except
that no conclusive statement can be given
untii the official report of the "star gaug
ing" is received. This may involve some
delay, as if a thorough measurement is
made, the gun must be tested each quarter
of an inch throughout its entire length, and
thiB may occupy several days.
If there is found to be the least expansion
in any part, of course the experiment will
get the blackest eye that it can be given by
the authorities of the Navy Department.
They realize, however, that tbe mere fact
that the gun did not burst will go far to
convince the public that tbe experiment is
a success, and that if even a serious expan
sion should be discovered it will be hard to
explain to the popular satisfaction that this
is really almost as absolute a condemnation
of the weapon as though it had burst as in
the case of the Pittsburg casting, but they
suspend their opinion and hope for a sus
pension of opinion until the delicate
measurement of the Star gauge discloses the
exact condition of the gun. Then an ex
cited and possibly acrimonious disenssion
of the efficacy of the cast gun will begin in
WHITE CAPS AS ROBBERS.
They Secnre One Thousand Dollars by
Threats of Roasting.
SPECIAL TELEGRAM TO THE DISrATCR.1
Findlat, February 8. Wesley Osman
is a wealthy farmer and lives about three
miles from Arlington, north of this city,'
and always has a large amount of money in
the house. Last night about midnight he
was wakened by some one at bis door, and
when he opened the door several men dis
guised as White Caps overpowered him,
while others rushed into the house and
bound the other occupants, Mrs. Osman and
their son John, aged about 20 years. After
binding all of them they demanded to know
where Osman had his money and valuables
hid, but Osman refused to disclose the
place until they stripped him and made
preparations to roast his feet. The robbers
seoured about $1,000 in cash and notes to
the value of several hundred dollars, and
made their escape.
Young Osman succeeded in freeing him
self, and, 'securing a gun, started after thu
crowd, but they discovered him and fired
several shots at him, one of them barely
missing his head, causing him to give up
the chase. Great excitement prevails in the
vicinity over the affair, and searching par
ties are scouring the woods with the hope of
bringing the thieves to justice.
THE ASSASSIN OF BELLE STARR
Arrested and Placed la Jnll by a Consln of
the Murdered Woman.
rSFECIAL TELEGRAM TO THE D13PATCII.1
Ft. Smith, Akk., February 8. John
Starr, cousin of Belle Starr, who was mur
dered Sunday evening near her home in the
Choctaw Nation, arrived here this morning
with E. A. Watson, the assassin, and he was
placed in the United States jail. Starr
said he would have killed Watson, but he
would show no fight and give him cause.
Wntson is a white man, 32 years old, who
came to the Nation from Florida a year ago.
He quarreled with Belle Starr and threat
ened her life. She lived until her daugh
ter. Pearl Younger, reached her side, and to
her accused Watson of her murder. Wat
son denies all knowledge of the crime.
GAIL HAMILTON, SS
thereadcrs of Sunday's Dispatch how we are
proiressing backward. All who watch the
drift 6 politics and statesmanship shotddread
Gail's bright letf.-s.
Schuylkill County's 700 Saloons
Will Prove Formidable Ob
stacles to the
SUCCESS OF PROHIBITION.
A Majority of 7,0.00 Against the Con
CARBON COUNTY A LITTLE DOUBTFUL.
Two More Counties Heard From-Schnyl
kill Will Go Wet br, a Large Msjorlty,
bnt Carbon is Somewhat Doubtful An
thrae'lte Coal Miners Opposed to ProhU
bltlon Hungarian Citizens Will Tote
Agnlast the Amendment Slow Growth
of Prohibition Sentiment A Possibility
of It Becoming a Political Issue A New
Way to Pay Old Debts.
Schuylkill county will give from 5,000 to
7,000 majority against the Constitutional
amendment, so the oracles of the anthracite
coal region say. Some interesting facts
about ber immense number of saloons are
given by our special commissioner. Carbon
county is doubtful, with the chances in
favor of the liquor men. Thus far THE
Dispatch's canvass of counties shows the
Aggregate of votes for Harrison. Cleveland
and t isk.
fFKOM OUR SPECIAL COMMI3SIOKIB.1
Pottsvilive, February 8. I can imaging
nogreater crisis in the affairs of Schuylkill
county than the adoptiou of the Constitu
tional amendment by the State. The anthra
cite coal miners would stand aghast at such
a result.. There would soon be a tort of
whiskv Molly Magnirism inaugurated, and
this county would be one of the very last to
submit to enforcement of the new Constitu
Three facts lead to this rather strong con
clusion: First, there are at the present
time nearly 700 licensed bars in Schuylkill
county. Second, the Brooks law, so efficient
elsewhere, practically failed here. Third,
public sentiment not being with any tem
perance legislation, there wonld be no dis
position on the part of the masses to enforce
the amendment. What little effort that
might be made would meet with such over
whelming opposition that a court official
told me the judges would be overcrowded
SALOONS BY THE KUKDBED.
At the last term of the County License?
Court there were 7U0 applications, and all
were granted except 20 or 30. That is a
larger number of saloons than in any ons
county west of the mountains, except Alle
gheny. To realize how large the number is,
the reader should recall the counties al
ready covered by The Dispatch in which
not a single license has been granted. Even
in the East it is considered tremendous.
Lancaster with her bibulous city; Berkr
with 60,000 population in Reading alone;
and Dauphin with the State capital, have
each less than half that number of saloons,
and Schuylkill runs away with the cake.
There is a reason for it, however. Schuyl
kill is made up of small towns and villages.
Wherever a coal pit has been opened and a
"breaker" erected a village grew up around
it The county seems to be the center of
the anthracite region, and these mining set
tlements are all over her surface. In every
settlement there are saloons and taverns.
Now, in Berks, the city of Reading
monopolizes the saloons, while Lancaster
city pears the same relation to the farms of
Lancaster county. For that reason theii
liquor interests are centralized, while ia
Schuylkill they are scattered.
BROOKS LAW NOT ENFOECED.
? There is also a reason why the Brooks
law did not reduce this great number of
saloons. And it is worth while to note that
it proves the truth of what ex-Chief Justice
Gordon said in his intervierw in The Dis
patch Jast week, viz: that you can't en
force a law, no matter how severe the pen
alty, when that law has not the public sym
pathy. The largest towns in the county are
Pottsville, Shenandoah, Ashland, Tamaqua
and Mahanoy City. Their combined popu
lation's not more than one-third that of the
whole county. The balance is distributed
in the small mining settlements described
above. With 700 saloons scattered over so
large an area, and patronized by the
class of people who do patronize them,
there has never been any system of detect
ing violations of the Brooks law for com
plaint at the proper time. It would be easy
to do if the dram shops were all together.
In addition to that there are no remon
strances, and even if there were the number
of names on license petitions would out
number those on remonstrances because
that's the way the tastes of a majority of the
Consequently, when the Judge comes to
consider the applications for licenses, what
else can he do than grant them? No com
plaints are made against the applicants of
violations of the law and the majority ot
names are on the petitions. He holds him
self powerless to do anything else than grant
AGAINST THE AMENDMENT.
Schuylkill county defeated local option
in 1873 by 5,826 majority. At that time hex
population was not much over 100,000.
Now it is 150,000. Mining is the chief in
dustry of the county, and the greatest per
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Doubtf nl 7,177
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In favor of 4,434
In favor of 7,382
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